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Nurse Advocate

In a nurse advocate role, you'll be the liaison between patients and doctors, to help patients understand their diagnosis and make the best decisions.
Required education
Annual average salary
Lead, guide and support other nurses so they can provide the best care.
Work hands-on, directly with patients.
Analyze data and discover new ways to help patients.
Follow a routine that allows you to anticipate and prepare for every situation.
Take on different tasks, patients, and situations every day.
You’ll help patients, giving them confidence and supporting their wishes while helping them make informed decisions about their health.
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What you’ll do


You’ll review patient concerns and work with doctors to make sure they’re receiving the best and most cost-effective healthcare.


You’ll teach patients about their diagnoses, available treatments and healthcare decisions.


You’ll represent the patient when their wishes differ from that of their doctor.

Where you’ll work
  • Hospitals
  • Long-term care centers
  • Outpatient care centers
  • Specialty departments
How to become a Nurse Advocate


Pass the NCLEX-RN and work as a Registered Nurse.


While there is no specific Nurse Advocate certification, there are variety of certifications that train nurses as patient care liaisons.


You’re ready to work as a Nurse Advocate.

Join an Organization
Become a member of a Nurse Advocate organization to find career opportunities, learn from your colleagues, and support the profession.
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